Recently in the news, esteemed US photographer Carol Highsmith filed a billion-dollar lawsuit against Getty Images for trying to make her pay them for her own images—images she had generously contributed copyright-free to the US Library of Congress. ...

 

The Dirty Business of Copyright Trolls and more...



The Dirty Business of Copyright Trolls

1933 Courtroom, James R. Browning US Court of Appeals Building, San Francisco, CA by Carol Highsmith (image is in public domain)

1933 Courtroom, James R. Browning US Court of Appeals Building, San Francisco, CA by Carol Highsmith (image is in public domain)

Recently in the news, esteemed US photographer Carol Highsmith filed a billion-dollar lawsuit against Getty Images for trying to make her pay them for her own images—images she had generously contributed ...

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A PI and a Lawyer Meet a New Client: Who’s in Charge?

My better half recently wrote an article for crime fiction writers about why private investigators don’t dominate meetings with new clients in lawyers’ offices (when the lawyer is present). She wrote it after noticing several writers crafting scenes in books where the private eye not only dominates the new client and lawyer, but...

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What Writers Can Learn from the Film 12 ANGRY MEN

Henry Fonda in SLIM movie trailer, 1937 (image is in public domain)

Henry Fonda in SLIM movie trailer, 1937 (image is in the public domain)

Happy Birthday, Henry Fonda

To celebrate the birthday of acting legend Henry Fonda (b. May 16, 1905), I’m posting a review I co-wrote with my wife, legal investigator/author Colleen Collins, about one of our favorite legal films: 12 Angry Men, a story about the...

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Safer Internet Day: A Ransomware Story & Cyber-Security Tips

white collar criminal

Today, February 9, is Safe Internet Day worldwide. It promotes online safety and responsibility for internet technology on desktop and mobile devices, especially among young people and children. You can click on your country’s flag at the Safer Internet Day site to learn about the organization’s activities near you: Safer Internet...

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Nervous About Going to Court? Not To Worry – Common Legal Terms, Basic Trial Procedures, and What to Wear

Courtroom entrance, Joel Solomon Federal Building and US Courthouse, by Carol Highsmith (image is in the public domain)

Courtroom entrance, Joel Solomon Federal Building and US Courthouse, by Carol Highsmith (image is in the public domain)

It can be intimidating to receive a jury notice, be subpoenaed to appear at a court hearing, or attend a trial to support a family member or friend. All of a sudden, you’re dealing with lawyers and others spouting...

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